Light and Verse – Three Past Eight

This is part of a series where I write haiku-style verses for images I’ve shot. Sometimes I share what I was thinking as I made the picture and sometimes I weave a story that may not have been there to begin with.

The smell of steamed buns,

Musk, and anticipation

The night holds promise

More to come…

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Light and Verse – Finding Grace

This is part of a series where I write haiku-style verses for images I’ve shot. Sometimes I share what I was thinking as I made the picture and sometimes I weave a story that may not have been there to begin with.

By the old graveyard

I looked high, looked low… looked sad

Never finding you

More to come…

Exposing the Shadows 03 – Finding Yourself

Who are you as an artist?

This is a fundamental question that most, if not all, artists ask themselves at some point in their lives. On the surface, it seems simple enough to answer. However, for many, it often leads to a search that lasts a lifetime. As a photographer and an artist, I can say that I am on that very journey.

Read on

Light and Verse – Parallels

This is part of a series where I write haiku-style verses for images I’ve shot. Sometimes I share what I was thinking as I made the picture and sometimes I weave a story that may not have been there to begin with.

Diving for treasure

Jostling, fighting, surviving

Function over form

More to come…

Year-end Print Sale 2018

Christmas is just 12 days away. I thought this would be a good time to announce the year-end print sale for 2018. Give yourself or your loved ones something beautiful to spruce up any space this holiday season.

All of the prints in the catalogs below can be acquired at 20% off the original price. Each 6×9-inch piece is now priced at PhP 1000 (about 20 USD). Purchase two or more prints and get a 30% discount off each one.

Click on the heading or the image to view all images in the gallery.

Landscape

#212 A New Day II

Street

#208 Waiting for the Sun

ChemLoveArt

#108 ChemLoveArt – Precipitation

And up to until December 25, prints can be ordered off the pictures* that can be found on this blog or on my Instagram feed (linked below). However, sale prices do not apply to these special orders, so each 6×9-inch print will cost PhP 1,250 (about 25 USD).

For orders and inquiries, send an email with the subject Print Sale 2018 to jrlocaylocay@gmail.com or fill out the contact form below.

*Only applies to images that do not contain a recognizable face.

Exposing the Shadows 02 – Seeing the Light

It seems like I’ve been living with depression longer than I actually have. Yet at the same time, I also feel life passing me by. On one hand, I dread having to face the struggles of each and every day; but, on the other, the fear of not being able to do anything meaningful drives me into each one.

There are times when I hardly show up to my own life. On most days, I’ll be physically present, but mentally absent. On the really bad ones, it’ll be both. Committing to photography helps me show up to a lot more days than usual. But there will always be times when I can’t help but retreat. On those days, I  beat myself up for the pictures that I won’t get to make.

Depression can be debilitating. However, I don’t allow it to prevent me from creating. True, it colors the way I see, capture, and present the world around me. If anything, living in its shadow helps me become more attuned to the light. A stark beauty is beauty nonetheless. 

By creating despite my depression, I am not trying to blaze a trail through a dark heavy fog to be a beacon unto others. I do not do it to be an example to those who live with the condition. Showing them they’re still capable of doing meaningful work if they just put their mind to it. I wouldn’t dare do that to people who live with mental illness, as if they are oblivious to their own suffering and capability. Platitudes, as great as they sound, offer no real insight or comfort.

I do what I do because I get to prove to myself each and every time that I can do it. And if it gives me one more reason to show up the next day, then the struggle would have meant something.

When I started working on this series of posts, I made it clear that I did not want to offer up hope where there was none. I want to document my experience with depression as honestly as I can. The condition has not robbed me of my will to create and to dream. It hasn’t made things easier, but as awful a cliché as it may be – you play the hand you’re dealt.

Like a dark cloud, depression casts a shadow that looms over my life. But it would be my folly to think that I can’t find beauty in the dark.

More to come…

Limited-edition Print Sale – Nov 2018 (II)

The following six prints are available at 30% off their original price*. Each of the 6×9-inch prints is priced at PhP 900 (about USD 17).

The sale only runs until December 1.

*Only one edition of each print is available at the sale price.

Each of the first three prints purchased will come with a free 4R-sized postcard. The selection of which is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For inquiries, please send an email to jrlocaylocay@gmail.com with Print as the subject line.

Limited-edition Print Sale – Nov 2018 (I)

The following six prints are available for purchase for a limited time. Each of the 6×9-inch prints is priced at PhP 800 (about USD 15). The sale only runs until Nov 17.

For inquiries, please send an email to jrlocaylocay@gmail.com with Print as the subject line.

Top – #5201 Summer Memories; Red River Polar Matte | Bottom – #0702 Sumilon Sandbar; Red River Polar Matte

Top – #4102 Outreach; Red River Polar Matte | Bottom – #3701 Misa de Gallo; Red River Ultra Pro Satin 3.0

Top – #4002 The Sentinel; Red River GreenPix Matte | Bottom – #5302 Serenity; Red River Palo Duro Satin

More to come…

Print Section Update – Revisits

#211 Serene Lagoon II

#212 A New Day II

I am more likely to shoot one place ten times, than I am going to shoot ten different places once. The photos that I’ve added to the Landscape print catalog are proof of that. These are places I’ve shot before, but decided to shoot again. This time looking at a familiar scene under a different light.

As always, if you’re interested in acquiring these prints (or others in the catalog), contact me through the form below or send an email to jrlocaylocay@gmail.com

Light and Verse – Here

This is part of a series where I write haiku-style verses for images I’ve shot. Sometimes I share a little of what I was thinking as I made the picture and sometimes I weave part of a story that may not have been there to start.

Noise. But I hear you.

Your scent wafting over fumes;

Right here, where time stops.

 

More to come…